Radioactive Time Capsules Of The Southwest

The Center for Land Use Interpretation in Los Angeles examines what they term “perpetual architecture” — several dozen cell structures scattered across the desert of the U.S. southwest holding radioactive hazards. These edifices are designed to exist forever — thousands of years from now, in a vastly different world, these may be the only remnant of our civilization. Below is the Green River Disposal Cell in Utah:

More than 30 of these disposal cells have been constructed over the last 25 years, primarily to contain radioactive contamination from decommissioned uranium mills and processing sites. They are time capsules, of sorts, designed to take their toxic contents, undisturbed, as far into the future as possible.

7 Comments on "Radioactive Time Capsules Of The Southwest"

  1. SmokinTokinJokinBrit | Jun 11, 2012 at 9:46 pm |

    i can see people in the future teaching their kids how savage and greedy we were, and how they learned from our mistakes, i just really hope they understand we weren’t all fools,some of us would have taken a different path  

    • given the present circumstances
      its a bit presumptuous to assume
      people will be around to examine our suicidal excrement

      more likely an intelligent non-human life form
      will find it odd that a fungus could build storage areas for its waste
      quite like when we marvel at Neanderthal’s tool making abilities
      but even more remarkable than that

  2. metacyclotron | Jun 11, 2012 at 11:11 pm |

    I saw on some other site (Wired?), designs for rock sculptures that would warn off people in the future. I would go for a screen patterned with skulls. The screen should be thin enough to allow for it to crust over generations. I wonder if previous cultures have left behind similar toxic sites.

    • 3st0nian2 | Aug 5, 2012 at 5:37 am |

      Maybe pyramids in Egypt? But nothing can keep people away. Even nowadays people scavenge stuff from toxic places(scrap metal from Chernobyl for example).

  3. So this is what we’re gonna leave behind for future civilations? Our dirty washing? I can imagine it now… tentacled insectile life forms finding huge mysterious stones…. and cancer.

    On the bright side maybe it’ll lead to them working out how to break it down or reuse it… fuck it maybe they could eat it. To the everlasting glory of nature!

  4. Monkey See Monkey Do | Jun 12, 2012 at 6:12 am |

    Looks like a cancerous mole

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